Working With Sustainable Cellulosic Fibres

with our industry experts

Man-made cellulosic fibres such as Rayon, Lyocell and Modal are produced from natural materials and are a mainstay of the fashion industry today, providing a viable sustainable alternative to harmful synthetic fabrics. This is on the condition, of course, that the wood pulp used to make the fibres is not from forests under risk of deforestation or harmful chemicals are not being used in treatment. Likewise with cotton, another cellulosic fibre perceived to be sustainable because of its natural origins, but that's by far the only criteria for true sustainability.

In this Masterclass, join us as we explore the world of sustainable cellulosic fibres today. In videos with material innovators and leading sustainable brands, you'll gain familiarity with cellulosic materials, sustainable and ethical manufacturing and a range of the most cutting edge fabric technologies on the market right now. In this complex materials space, we bust several myths around cellulosic fibres and help you to break down the jargon.

In this Masterclass, you'll learn:


  • What are cellulosic fibres (part one): Natural

    with Stephanie Steele
    Summary

    Understanding what cellulosic fibres are as a designer will pave the way towards a better understanding of the raw material you’re working with: from the characteristics to its origin. You’ll be better equipped to work with fibre and fabric production facilities due to the knowledge you’ll have, and be better placed to judge the sustainability and ethics of what you’re intending to work with. Not only that, but having the fundamentals will give you an opportunity to think outside of the box in terms of material innovation or creative design.

    Tune in to this lesson on what cellulose is, with a breakdown of the most common natural cellulosic fibres including how they are processed for production, where they are mostly grown, the global output and issues surrounding sustainability and ethics.

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  • What are cellulosic fibres (part two): Man-made

    with Stephanie Steele
    Summary

    Now that you understand what a cellulosic fibre is, along with the feedstock sources of natural cellulosic fibres, we'll now dive in to what the man-made, or regenerated, cellulosic fibres are.

    There are arguably more environmental issues involved in the production of man-made cellulosics, due to chemical input and strain on ancient forests, while natural cellulosics would arguably be more framed by ethical considerations due to the impact on smallholder farmers and traditional craft textiles. This lesson explores certain issues surrounding man-made cellulosic fibres, along with some innovations in play to improve this hefty textile market.

    All of the takeaways can be found in the handy downloadable guide below.

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  • Creating new sustainable cellulosic fibres from discarded clothing

    with Jenny Fredricsdotter
    Summary

    One of the key sustainability issues around the use of wood pulp for the production of fabrics like viscose and lyocell is the destruction of forests that are impossible to replace. But what if there was a waste material that we have a vast quantity of already that could replace wood pulp in the cellulosic fibre process?

    We are thrilled to present the Circulose arm of the Swedish re:newcell project that takes discarded clothing and turns it into a brand new cellulosic fibre. In this lesson, you'll learn more about the material, the science behind the process and why it is sustainable.

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  • Creating luxury natural sportswear fabrics

    with Mery Díez Herbosa
    Summary

    There are an array of exciting innovations taking place in the cellulosic materials space and PYRATES Smart Fabrics materials company are one to watch. Their natural, smart fabrics have been developed to protect and care for the body while leaving a minimal impact on the planet and its resources.

    We were delighted to be joined by Mery Díez Herbosa from the PYRATES R&D and Production department to explain more about how vegetal, biodegradable and upcycled fibres can be transformed into luxury knit fabrics.

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  • Working with artisans of toquilla and chambira palm textile fibre

    with Maria Cuji
    Summary

    A beautiful story of textile designer Maria Cuji working with artisans in her native Ecuador to learn their skills with processing toquilla and chambira palms for textile fibre, and contemporising the methods for an increased awareness of these indigenous communities and the crafts passed down through generations.

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